DAVID ARIOSTO is an author and journalist who has managed, produced and written for National Geographic, Time Magazine, NPR, Reuters, PBS, and CNN.

He is currently the Head of Editorial for Intelligence Squared,  a debate series working to restore civility, reasoned analysis, and constructive public discourse, as well as a visiting professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is formerly a Senior Consultant and Executive Producer for GZERO Media at Eurasia Group, and Managing Editor at Brut media.


Between 2009 and 2010, Ariosto was based
in Havana, Cuba, working as a photo-journalist for CNN. He is the author of "This is Cuba,"  ranked among The Washington Post's "10 Books to Read―and Gift―in December," USA Today's "New and Noteworthy," and Amazon's Best Nonfiction and History Books of the month.  He is currently working on a second book focused on the next space race.  

Ariosto also holds a Master’s of Public Policy
degree from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s of Arts, History degree from the
University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


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